U.S. Headquarters: St. Louis
Global Employees: 21,183
U.S. Employees: 10,127
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 44
Why It’s on the List
Chairman, President and CEO Hugh Grant continues to be a strong proponent for diversity. He personally reviews and signs off on diversity metrics and progress. Grant regularly meets with the company’s resource groups, and all his direct reports serve as sponsors.
The top three levels of management participate in Monsanto’s mentoring programs, and the programs are cross cultural. The programs have formal follow-up, and mentors receive cultural-awareness training. Monsanto’s mentoring programs are consistently available to managers across the company, and more than a third participate.
The company makes each of its resource groups available to all employees, and more than a quarter participate. The groups are funded by the company and allowed to meet during the workday, and the benefits of participating are communicated internally. The groups are used for mentoring and talent-development efforts. The groups also assist with diversity-training initiatives by providing valuable culture awareness for the company.
Monsanto offers strong work/life benefits, including onsite childcare, adoption assistance, retirement transition, and paid time for volunteering and community outreach.
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- No. 2 The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Global Diversity
Chairman and CEO
“We live in a growing world with growing needs. All around the world, farmers need help to produce more grain while at the same time conserving resources like water and nitrogen to sustainably meet these growing demands. That’s exactly what we do at Monsanto. For Monsanto to help farmers succeed in the future, diverse talent and points of view will be essential in creating an environment where innovation can and does thrive.”
Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition and Diversity
“Agriculture touches everyone on this planet. As a company focused on helping the world’s farmers produce more with less resources, our company should reflect the diversity of our global customers. Innovation can come from anyone, anywhere and we look for employees with a variety of experiences, opinions and backgrounds. At Monsanto, diversity is not merely a program or initiative; it’s the way we do business and one of our keys to success.”